Art Supplies: Where do I grab my stuff? Do I need a lot of money?!
Most of the art supplies I use are easily accessible or easy to find a replacement for. You’ll find that I tend to shop at the same places. You don’t need fancy stuff all the time (or even most of the time!). I hoard a lot of things around the house from egg cartons to boxes, gift wrap and more! But, here are my frequently visited stores if you want to check them out:
- Dollarama/Dollar Tree/Local dollar store
These are my number one go-to places. You’ll be surprised at how much good stuff you can get at the dollar store! Here, I usually pick up poster boards, glue, paint brushes, glitter, and construction paper. Sometimes I’ll use unconventional art supplies like nail polish and make-up; you don’t want to be spending a tonne of money on items like these as they don’t have to be name brand ones. You can get the same effect if you were to get them here.
- Daiso (Aberdeen Centre, 4151 Hazelbridge Way #1080, Richmond, BC V6X 4J7)
I live in Vancouver and I know this store is unique to this region as far as Canada goes. Here, you’ll find the majority of items for $2. At Daiso, I like to get their DIY keychain kits, origami paper, and soft clay.
The store where you can find just about everything you need for arts and crafts! Items that absolutely cannot be duped, I will pick up here. This includes Sculpey and Fimo clay, resin kits, and paint.
Sometimes you’ll want to work with fabrics or incorporate them into your paper crafts like I do. This is one of my favourite places for that! Wall to ceiling packed with rolls of fabrics, a section for costumes, with another floor dedicated to sewing supplies — you just can’t beat this place. The staff are knowledgeable and will help you find what you need right away.
Like, I said, sometimes the best art supplies you might find will be byproducts of items you already use! If you know me in real life, you’ll know that I collect things from bottle caps to brown paper bags to ribbon and gift wrap. I come from a family of people who are resourceful and believe in giving things a second life. My mother used to make me Halloween costumes from scratch from old linens and custom hair clips she would sew by hand. I still have some of these things today!
My grandpa uses excess lumber and cement from his home improvement projects to make stools, fix stairs, and even built himself an extra tool shed. With the cement, he made a water fountain sculpture that has since been dismantled, but he took our childhood toys and constructed a home around them. One of the first art projects I made that I still use today is a milk carton pencil holder from kindergarten. These things have a special place in my heart, not because they’re particularly fancy or special, but because everything made was made with love and care. So whatever it is that you are going to create, if you give it your best, it will turn out great no matter what 🙂